In Eos, September 29, p. 770, Editor in Chief A. F. Spilhaus Jr., invited readers to respond to the Forum piece Space Station? by L. H. Meredith. Meredith observed that most space station discussion has been about its design and cost, arguing that objectives and use also merit discussion. He asserted “that the only basis on which the Space Station can be justified is that of reasserting U.S. pre-eminence in space by creating a permanent manned presence and of providing a required step toward the manned exploration of the Solar System.” Letters in this Forum are replies to Meredith's opinions.
After 3 years of service on a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Advisory Committee devoted to studying the U.S./International space Station in the context of scientific uses, I have come to the following conclusions that may be of interest to the geophysics research community.